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The doomsday machine : confessions of a nuclear war planner / Daniel Ellsberg.

Ellsberg, Daniel, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781608196708
  • ISBN: 1608196704
  • Physical Description: 420 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.

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Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages [353]-387) and index.
Contents: Part I: The Bomb and I. How could I? : the making of a nuclear war planner ; Command and control : managing catastrophe ; Delegation : how many fingers on the button? ; Iwakuni : nuclear weapons off the books ; The Pacific Command ; The war plan: reading the JSCP ; Briefing Bundy ; "My" war plan ; Questions for the Joint Chiefs : how many will die? ; Berlin and the missile gap ; A tale of two speeches ; My Cuban missile crisis ; Cuba : the real story -- Part II: The road to doomsday. Bombing cities ; Burning cities ; Killing a nation ; Risking doomsday I: Atmospheric ignition ; Risking doomsday II: The Hell Bomb ; The Strangelove paradox ; First-use threats: using our nuclear weapons ; Dismantling the Doomsday Machine -- Glossary.
Summary, etc.: The former defense analyst who revealed the Pentagon Papers offers an eyewitness account of America's nuclear program in the 1960s and reveals the dangers in the country's seventy-year-long nuclear policy.-- Adapted from dust jacket.
Subject: Ellsberg, Daniel.
Nuclear warfare > Government policy > United States > History > 20th century.
Nuclear weapons > Government policy > United States > History > 20th century.
Military planning > United States > History > 20th century.
United States > Military policy > History > 20th century.
United States > Officials and employees > Biography.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Military Policy.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
United States > Military policy > History > 20th century.
United States > Officials and employees > Biography.
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